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Santiago de Murcia
Tarantelas, from Codex Salivar (Mexico)

Henry de Bailly
"Yo soy la locura" (courtly tune)

Neapolitan instrumental tarantellas

La Carpinese, (tarantella from the Puglia region)

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto RV 578, Adagio

Antonio Vivaldi
"Cum dederit" (extract from Nisi Dominus, RV 608)

La Cicerenella (tarentella)

Antonio Vivaldi
Sonata in D minor, variations on "La Follia" RV 63

Antonio Vivaldi
"Sento in seno", from Tieteberga, RV 737

Cachua Serranita, from Codex Martines Compañon (Trujillo, Pérou)

Mourad Merzouki, artistic direction and choreographer
Assisted by Marjorie Hannoteaux

Franck-Emmanuel Comte, harpsichord, organ and musical direction.
Grégoire Durrande, electronic music

Benjamin Lebreton, set design
Yoann Tivoli, light design
Nadine Chabannier, dancers costumes design
Pascale Robin, assisted by Pauline Yaoua Zurini, musicians costumes design

Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu :
Heather Newhouse alternating with Anara Khassenova, soprano
Reynier Guerrero alternating with André Costa, violon
Florian Verhaegen alternating with Véronique Bouilloux, violin
Aude Walker-Viry alternating with Clara Fellmann, violoncelle
Nicolas Muzy alternating with Ulrik Gaston Larsen et Clément Latour, theorbo and guitar
Nicolas Janot alternating with Vincent Girard, double bass
Franck-Emmanuel Comte alternating with Gwenaël Dubois, harpsichord and organ

Mourad Merzouki’s performances prepare us for immediate joy, both because they capture the interest of the viewers, and because they invite them to immerse themselves in poetry, each according to his own will. Folia belongs to this world and enchantment is its sacred spirit. Here, dance becomes a beautiful mosaic, with new synergies emerging from the mixtures of hip-hop and baroque music, the Italian tarantella and electronic music, classical ballet and whirling dervishes. These new hybrid artistic forms are as unexpected as they are immediately popular: a journey from the South of Italy to the New World, in which the dancers of the Käfig company make a journey with the musicians of the baroque ensemble Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu directed by Franck-Emmanuel Comte, from the notes of Vivaldi to the electronic sounds of Grégoire Durrande. The choreographer takes the audience by the hand and drags it into a vortex of wonder: a crescendo of emotions that morphs into a spiral of energy. And when the madness subsides, snow falls on a whirling dervish as the voice of a soprano fills the space with her luminous tone. Mourad Merzouki’s ballet is a very real utopia, born from the intersection between disciplines that are apparently incompatible, whose unusual combination gives grace to alchemy.




FINANCIAL TIME | 15/11/2019
"An elegant, uplifting production, it’s a meeting of the minds between Merzouki and the baroque ensemble which accompanies the dancers onstage, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu".

LES TROIS COUPS | 15/11/2019 | Léna Martinelli
"(…) Folia's palpable emotion readily spreads to the audience. A triumphant welcome (...)".

RESMUSICA | 19/11/2019 | Caroline Dehouck
"The synergy between the musicians and the dancers, who share the stage equally, is perfect".

TÉLÉRAMA | 22/11/2019 | Rosita Boisseau
"This show takes hip-hop on the road to popular Italian and South American baroque music from the 17th and 18th centuries, and it's off like a shot".

PARISCOPE | 26/11/2019 | Marie Plantin
"The challenge was met with flying colours, and the all-round performers worked wonders".

FRANCE INTER | 30/11/2019 | Caroline Broué
"An irresistible spiral of energy. [...] You're carried away by the music and the dances, which are a perfect match".

ELLE | 06/12/2019 | Catherine Robin
"Choreographer Mourad Merzouki, supported by the Concert de l'Hostel Dieu ensemble, has no trouble convincing us of the obvious connections between the two styles: their popular origins, their expressive intensity, their untamed poetry [...] Raw madness".

LA CROIX | 12/26/2019 | Marie-Valentine Chaudon
"On stage, soprano voices, harpsichord, violin, cello and theorbo make music of irresistible vitality.Baroque scores, mixed with electronic elements, converse with bodies thrown into the whirlpools of a collapsing world".

CLASSIQUENEWS.COM | 04/01/2020 | Philippe-Alexandre Pham
"The complicity and mutual understanding between the two artists is obvious".
"The desire to banish borders and extend the benefits of artistic cross-fertilisation is to be applauded: this extraordinary product delights the senses. It also regenerates the approach to Baroque on stage. Magical".

Produced by Pôle en Scènes. Coproduced by Les Nuits de Fourvière and Centre chorégraphique national de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Cie Käfig. With the support of Groupama danse, Caisse des Dépôts and Musique Nouvelle en Liberté.


25 Aug 2024

Quincena Musical
San Sebastián (Spain)

27 Aug 2024

Santander (Spain)

26 Sept 2024


12 & 13 Dec 2024


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